Setting up a tank and pine stand

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I have a 75 US gal and a stand that I am currently trying to set up. The stand is one of those common black pine stands with cupboard doors, widely available from LFS. Do people here feel the need to reinforce these?

My level says that I am about 1/12th of an inch out in the width level. Perfectly straight length-wise. Should I put wooden splints to level it, or should I add a plywood top and a layer of Styrofoam? If so, how thick should the Styro be?

It seems stable enough without anything, but curious how and if anyone here has dealt with these stands before.
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oscarmitch replied the topic: Re:Setting up a tank and pine stand

I would say the amount your out is safe. I know they feel unstable however if the stand is in good condition you will be ok Imo. I have a 120 on a black pine stand "factory built" and it's holding t he weight just fine.
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JBare replied the topic: Re:Setting up a tank and pine stand

I have 3 of them, none of them are reinforced and I haven't had any problems. Someone else probably has better advice, but...mine are good :-)
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Goranothos replied the topic: Setting up a tank and pine stand

From now on I'm putting a sheet of styrofoam under any tank I set up that's 55 gallons or larger.

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Suprd71 replied the topic: Setting up a tank and pine stand

Stand should be fine. Home Depot sells styro in 24in widths, 8ft long. Only 7 bucks here. 1/2in thick will be fine and will perfectly level the tank. For the pocket change it takes, I would get the styro.


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Poseidon2.0 replied the topic: Setting up a tank and pine stand

Great thanks all for assurances. I will add a half inch of styro and forget about the plywood.
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DMD123 replied the topic: Setting up a tank and pine stand

The stands are designed to hold the weight... though they dont look like it. :ohmy:

On mine I wanted it a bit taller and sturdier. I used a 3/4" sheet of ply on the top and bottom and reinforced the inside with 2x4's and put a 3/4" ply back on it. I then trimmed it out and re-painted it. Mine holds a 210g so I wanted just a little bit of insurance.
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tehmole replied the topic: Setting up a tank and pine stand

adding a few 2x4 for support doesn't hurt - to ease your mind from it not supporting
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